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Kia Sportage 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide
How to change a dead 12 volt car battery in the engine bay of a 3rd generation 2011-2016 Kia Sportage SUV with photos.

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2014 Sportage 12V Battery
Loosen Negative Terminal
Pull Off Negative Terminal
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Kia Sportage SUV in changing a dead 12 volt automotive battery in the engine bay.

Owners of other Kia and Hyundai vehicles such as the Optima, Forte, Cadenza, K900, Rio, Sorento, Sedona, Soul, Elantra, Veloster, Sonata, Azera, Tucson, Santa Fe, Genesis and Equus may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement "Group Size 124R" 12V car batteries with their part numbers include the following: EverStart MAXX-124R, AutoCraft Gold 24FH, NAPA Legend BAT 75124R, and Super Start Premium 124R72.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a 10mm socket, a 1/4" drive ratchet, a 12mm socket, a 6" extension bar and a 3/8" drive ratchet.

Cover & Tuck Away
Open Plastic Cover
Loosen Positive Terminal Nut
The 12 volt automotive battery is located on the right (driver) side of the engine bay next to the fuse box and behind the engine air filter box.

First loosen the negative terminal by turning the nut counterclockwise with a 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

Pull the negative terminal off the "-" battery post, wrap it in a towel or a rag and tuck it away on the side of the battery to help prevent accidental contact.

Then flip open the plastic cover on the "+" positive terminal.

Loosen the 10mm bolt on the positive battery terminal in the counterclockwise direction.

Pull Off "+" Terminal
Battery Clamp & 12mm Bolt
Loosen 12mm Bolt
Pull the positive terminal straight off the battery post, close the plastic cover and tuck it away on the left side of the battery.

Attach the 12mm socket to a six inch extension bar and a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

Loosen the battery hold down clamp by turning the 12mm bolt counterclockwise a few turns.

You do not need to completely remove the bolt in order to lift out the old 12V battery.

Pull Off Battery Box
Lift Out Old 12V Battery
Part # CMF68L-BCI
Pull the battery heat shield box off the old battery and set it aside in a safe place.

Carefully lift the old 12V battery out of the engine bay and gently set it down on the ground.

The OEM 12 volt battery in this 2014 Kia Sportage is a Rocket brand part number CMF68L-BCI.


Plastic Battery Tray
Lower In New 12V Battery
Tighten 12mm Clamp Bolt
Clean off any debris from the plastic battery tray to ensure that the new battery will rest evenly on it.

Lower the new 12V battery in to the engine bay with the positive "+" battery post on the left (passenger side) and the "-" negative terminal situated on the right (driver) side.

Place the metal battery hold down bar over the lower front edge of the new battery and secure it by tightening the 12mm bolt in the clockwise direction until it is snug. Make sure that the battery can not be moved around the tray.

Do not over tighten the battery hold down clamp bolt to prevent from damaging the battery which may lead to an acid leak.

Replace Battery Heat Shield
Push On "+" Terminal
Tighten Positive Terminal Nut
Lower the heat shield over the new battery.

If you've had problems with corrosion build up on the battery posts, consider installing some felt anti-corrosion washers.

Push the positive terminal on to the "+" battery post which should be on the left side of the new battery.

Tighten the 10mm nut on the positive terminal in the clockwise direction until it is snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the terminal nut to prevent from damaging the battery post.

Close Plastic Terminal Cover
Push On Negative Terminal
Tighten 10mm Clockwise
Flip the black plastic cover closed over the positive battery terminal to help prevent accidental contact.

Push the negative terminal on to the "-" post on the right side of the new battery.

Tighten the 10mm nut on the negative terminal in the clockwise direction.

Test the new 12 volt car battery by starting the engine and turning on the headlights.

Be sure to set the time on the clock and program your favorite radio station presets before driving.

Check out my other 2011-2015 Kia Sportage DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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